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Friday, May 1, 2020

Response to the Governor’s Restriction Change

Governor Gary Herbert announced the relaxing of restrictions implemented to contain the spread of the coronavirus, as part of Utah Leads Together 2.0. The changes that take effect today will allow the reopening of some sectors of the economy with restrictions and provide for the return of some employees to work. So, what does that mean for all of us?

The Utah System of Higher Education’s COVID-19 Task Force is planning for future operations at the state’s universities and colleges in a way that protects the safety of students, faculty, and staff. As previously communicated, we anticipate UVU employees designated as Category 2, who are currently working remotely, will continue to work remotely through the end of May. 

In order to facilitate academic and operational continuity, some UVU employees may have been or may be notified by their supervisors that they will be returning to work on a UVU campus before May 31. Please be assured that UVU is following the directives of the governor’s plan, the State Health Department, and the CDC as we begin to reopen facilities and as more employees return to campus. 

In order to keep ourselves and each other safe and healthy, all employees working on any campus (including high-risk employees and those who live with individuals who may be high risk) are requested to adhere to the following: 

  • If you are ill, please stay home: If you become ill with respiratory symptoms such as a cough, fever, shortness of breath, body aches, etc., you need to stay home and are expected to contact your supervisor. 

  • Wear a mask: A mask is required to be worn while in public spaces at all times. It is not necessary to wear a mask when you are alone in an office or a space. Remember that wearing a mask protects those around you. To really protect each other, we must ALL wear a mask. 

  • Practice social distancing: To the extent possible, social distancing, with a distance of at least six feet from the next person, will continue. This means that meetings should continue via Microsoft Teams or in large spaces that allow appropriate social distancing. 

  • Practice good hygiene: Continue to follow hygiene standards, including washing your hands with soap and water frequently, avoiding touching your face, and covering coughs or sneezes. 

  • Do not congregate: For your health and the safety of others, do not congregate in break rooms or other small spaces for breaks or lunch. Utilize the many large spaces available on UVU campuses where you and others can safely practice social distancing. 

For UVU to maintain a healthy workplace environment, we must each act on these directives and demonstrate exceptional care and exceptional accountability for ourselves and our colleagues during this time. 

Utah Valley University continues to employ a variety of measures to manage the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, with maximum safety for every Wolverine as our number one priority. We particularly appreciate the care provided by our facilities teams to create and maintain a healthy work environment. 

We will continue to communicate information and guidance as UVU moves forward and begins to reopen facilities, programs, and services. We look forward to the safe return of employees and students to all campuses. 


Marilyn Meyer 
AVP of Human Resources 
Chief Human Resource Officer 

Robin Ebmeyer 
Director of Emergency Management, Environmental Health, and Safety